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Mindfulness and the Occupy (99%) Movement
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Membership

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The Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship (WBPF) has found a multitude of ways to connect with and bring compassion and clarity to our larger community: We sponsored a silent peace walk just prior to the U.S. war in Iraq, co-sponsored peace promotion events with like-minded organizations, and hosted workshops and events to cultivate peace within ourselves. Our monthly meetings, website, and listserv have offered interested people ways to find out about peace-related events in the Washington area, and opportunities to get involved. Our distinctive bumper stickers let the general community see and reflect upon the concept: "Peace in Your Heart, Peace in the World"

You don't have to be a Buddhist to join the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Becoming a member of the WBPF requires only a genuine desire to support creating a peaceful world using peaceful means. As a member, you'll receive mailings through the WBPF listserv, discounts on WBPF workshops to cultivate inner peace, announcements of upcoming events in the area that foster peace and understanding, and the satisfaction of knowing you're taking positive steps to create social change.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. Please become a member of the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Several categories of financial support are available, so all may contribute to our work according to their budget. We thank you, and wish you peace in your heart, peace in the world.


Email Notices & Discussion

WBPF hosts a private, spam-free email list for announcements, event notices, and email discussion.

Please sign up at: groups.yahoo.com/group/wbpf

We welcome and appreciate your involvement!

Peace in our hearts ... Peace in the World

Get Involved

The Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship sponsors, co-sponsors and encourages participation in many events in the area that support the development of greater mindfulness as individuals and as a society, for the sake of achieving social justice. Anyone who is interested in contributing toward the development of more peaceful and harmonious organizations, workplaces, or societies is invited to join us.

Please join our email list to receive announcements, event notices, and participate in private, spam-free email discussions and coordination of peaceful action towards a peaceful world.

Events Archive

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50th Anniversary of the Chinese Invasion of Tibet
Here is the link to the DC events -- HELP SPREAD THE WORD

March 9, 2009 10:30 am
Event: Protest March from White House to Chinese Embassy
Initial Location: Lafayette Park
Contact: Chand - grassroots@studentsforafreetibet.org
Organized by the New York Organizing Committee & Capital Area Tibetan Association

March 10, 2009  10:30 am
Event: Protest March from White House to Chinese Embassy
Initial Location: Lafayette Park
Protest Organised by Capital Area Tibetan Association
Contact: (catatibetan@yahoo.com) or ITSN (jigme@tibetnetwork.org)

Event: Symposium
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: American University, Butler Board Room (4400 Mass Ave NW, DC 20016)
Organized by: Capital Area Regional Tibetan Youth Congress
Contact: tenzin.lhadon@american.edu

JOIN THE UPRISING IN D.C.
March for Tibet from the White House to the Chinese Embassy
Date: March 9, 2009 11 am - 1 pm
Location: Washington, D.C.
Meeting spot: Lafayette Square Park, in front of the White House (H St. between 15th and 17th St., NW - Metro stop: McPherson Square)

Program:
11:30am - Speakers in Lafayette Park, including Ngawang Sandrol (youngest of the 'Drapchi 14' nuns), Tsetan Norbu (member of the Tibetan Parliament)
12:00pm - March to Chinese Embassy
1:00pm - Rally at Chinese Embassy

Civil Disobedience at Coal-Fired Capitol Power Plant
Monday, March 2, 2009 1:00 pmGathering at 1 pm at Spirit of Justice Park, C St SW & Capitol St SE, Washington DC (MAP). It is near the Capitol South Metro, and there will be greeters available to direct people. From there, we will march just a few blocks to the power plant.

Everyone coming to the Capitol Climate Action is asked to also attend a non-violence training course prior to the action. These trainings are invaluable tools that have been used in virtually every social movement to ensure the safety and effectiveness of activists. We will be holding trainings in Washington, D.C. the weekend before the action, as well as having trainings available on the morning of March 2nd at the United Methodist Church, 100 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC. (MAP)

More details at capitolclimateaction.com


Monthly Inter-faith Peace Walk
Sunday, June 8, 2008 and following second Sundays 1:00-2:30 pm
People of all faiths (or no faith) are invited to join us on the second Sunday of each month for a silent interfaith peace walk around the White House. We meet on Sunday at 1:00 pm in the center of Lafayette Park by the statue of Andrew Jackson on a horse (16th and H St.) and after a welcome and short prayer/meditation we will walk mindfully and silently for peace around the White House.
Details and flyer: word file

Faith into Action for Racial Equity: Building Trustworthy Partnerships
Weekend of May 17 & 18, 2008

An interfaith conference to gather activists of faith for building relationships, sharing information and inspiration, and learning how to be effective partners across race, religions, generations and our region.
Details and flyer: pdf file
Conference Poster: pdf file



Meditation for Peace and Democracy in Burma
Thursday, October 4, 2007  5:00-8:00 PM
Please join us outside the Burmese Embassy in Washington, DC (2300 S Street, NW) for a meditation for peace and democracy in Burma. The meditation will focus on loving-kindness directed to honor and support the monks, nuns and laypeople who are courageously marching for peace and democracy in Burma, and to help free the hearts and minds of the Burmese generals of greed, hatred and fear.
Please wear red/maroon shawl or covering, if possible.
Details and flyer: word file


Declaration of Peace: Buddhist Peace Delegation at the Upcoming Peace March
Saturday, September 15, 2007  1:00 PM
For the past few years people from all over the US have met up at peace marches as a Buddhist Peace Delegation and marched with calm and silence. We invite you join us again as part of the national BPF's Sept 14-21: Declaration of Peace "Days of Decision". BPF is one of more than 500 organizations that has endorsed "The Declaration of Peace," a grassroots nonviolent action campaign calling on the U.S. government to establish a comprehensive plan to end the U.S. war and occupation in Iraq. During the Sept 14-21 "Days of Decision," hundreds of events will be happening nationwide. Here in Washington DC, the march will start at Lafayette Park and go to the Capitol. We will meet at the Andrew Jackson statue, where we gather for our monthly peace walks, at 1:00 PM. We will have Tibetan prayer flags on poles, so we can find each other in the crowd. [old link broken]



Nonviolent Communication: Honest Dialogue to Build the World We Want Saturday, September 8, 2007  9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.A workshop with acclaimed trainer Miki Kashtan
Columbia Heights Metro
The Festival Center
1640 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has been described as a language of connection, as a tool for positive social change, and as a spiritual practice. Ultimately, it involves a radical change in how we think about life and meaning.
Through NVC, we can experience the immense personal freedom and power that comes from deep self-connection. We can learn to act from that inner freedom and at the same time care deeply about the needs in others, realizing that the needs in all of us are vital and interdependent.
Acting from our authentic selves and in concert with others, we can create relationships, groups and organizations in which each person’s needs are equally honored and addressed peacefully.
Who is Miki Kashtan?
Co-founder and senior trainer at BayNVC in Oakland, CA, occasional host of the Conflict Hotline on KPFA radio, and for several years coordinator of the global CNVC project on applying NVC to social change, Kashtan is internationally known for her humor, insight, and skill in sharing NVC and supporting reconciliation, deep healing, and peace-making.
Requested Contribution $65 - $200
All are welcome to attend regardless of ability to contribute financially.
We request that each registrant contribute the most they can without exceeding what they would like to give. Those who contribute higher on the scale support the sustainability of the work of Miki and Capitol NVC and enable us to provide scholarships for those who might otherwise not be able to attend.
FOR MORE INFORMATION or to register for this event please email: MikiDC@earthlink.net or phone: Anna at 301-589-7070
Register today to reserve your space.
Sponsored by Capitol NVC: Growing NVC in the Metro D.C. Area. http://www.capitolnvc.org/
Details and flyer: pdf file


Unity Walk
Sunday, September 9, 2007 1:30 PMJoin all those taking one more step to turn the memory of 9/11/2001 into the promise of 2007 and the future.
Details: http://www.911unitywalk.org/


Mindful Spending and Consumption: Making a Difference in Our Lives and the Lives of Others
Tuesday, June 26, 2007  7:30 - 9:30 pm
Please join us for a meeting on mindfulness and social action where we will explore "Mindful Spending and Consumption: Making a Difference in Our Lives and the Lives of Others" at the Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Avenue, NW (two blocks from Dupont Circle metro station). Details and flyer: pdf file


Imagine Peace
Saturday April 14, 2007  11:00 am - noonJoin us for a meditation in the Sculpture Garden at the Hirshhorn Museum in honor of Yoko Ono's citywide public art project 'Imagine Peace.' A sitting and walking meditation will be followed by an opportunity to place your written wish for peace on the tree dedicated to peace in the garden. Details and flyer: pdf file


Being a Peacemaker: An Intergenerational Workshop
Saturday March 31, 2007  1:30 - 4pm
Please join the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship and MJ and Jerry Park of Little Friends for Peace for an afternoon of group sharing and hands on activities to learn and strengthen practical peace skills.
Help to build a culture of peace by cultivating peace in ourselves, identifying our obstacles to peace, and learning to become active peacemakers in our families, in our community, and in the world.
Children and youth are especially welcome. No charge, but donations will be accepted. Snacks will be provided.
Location : Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St., Takoma Park, DC (directly across from the Takoma Metro stop)
Details and flyer: pdf file


Mindful Spending and Consumption Retreat
Saturday, March 3, 2007 10 AM- 4 PM
The Center in Tenleytown
4321 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Join us in exploring how we can bring mindfulness to our habits of spending and consumption and make a difference in the lives of those who produce the goods we consume.
Details and flyer: word file


DC Conference to establish a U.S. Department of Peace
February 3-5, 2007
The Peace Alliance is sponsoring a conference on February 3-5 in the Washington D.C. area as part of a national campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace. The conference features Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, and Deepak Chopra as well as leading experts in conflict resolution and prevention, peace building, and global security, and more. The conference takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and Monday, February 5, is devoted to visiting Congress and making your voice heard for the Department of Peace.

If you are interested in learning more and or registering, contact http://www.thepeacealliance.org/ or call 248-813-8950.
For those of you who are interested in the conference but may not be able to afford the registration fees, there are volunteer jobs available that will allow you to attend the conference at no cost. To find out more about that, you can attend the Department of Peace meeting on Tuesday night, January 9th at the DOP offices at 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W. suite No. 712. If you cannot attend the meeting and want to learn more about possible jobs, you can contact maggie@thepeacealliance.org. She is a volunteer at the office and is working on finding people to help out at the conference.


Join the Buddhist Peace Delegation to the "Mandate for Peace in Iraq" March, Teach-in and LobbyingJanurary 26 - 29, 2007
The National Buddhist Peace Fellowship and the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship invite you to come together and manifest the change we are seeking in the world. Our intention is to offer our mindfulness, compassion and peaceful presence to the weekend¢s events, organized by the United for Peace and Justice coalition.

The Buddhist Peace Delegation events will include:
Friday evening (Jan. 26): Meditation and teach-in with Bhante Suhita Dharma, David Loye + Special children¢s activities
Saturday (Jan. 27): Interfaith service in collaboration with the Network of Spiritual Progressives (in the morning), and Mindfully walking together as a contingent of peacemakers during the March with thousands of others (in the afternoon).
Sunday (Jan. 28): Participating in advocacy training organized by UFPJ. (BPF is also proposing an NVC training that morning, so please see their website for updates.)
Monday (Jan. 29): Visiting members of Congress to lobby for peace in Iraq.
All are welcome at any of the week-end activities. Families with children and young people are especially encouraged to participate!
See the flyer (PDF file) for more information on times and locations. Please share this information with your friends and sanghas, and anyone else you think may be interested in participating. For the most current information and final confirmation of events, visit: http://www.bpf.org/html/whats_now/2007/2007_BPD.html.
To request additional information from the DC contacts, write Bill Jenkins at worldofmuse@aol.com or Anne-Marie Urban at annemarieurban@yahoo.com.
If you are a dharma teacher or leader who is able to join us, especially for the Monday lobbying visits, please contact Maia at maia@bpf.org.


WBPF Holiday Gathering and Party - Reflections on Creating PeaceSaturday, December 2, 2006 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St, NW Washington, DC
Join us to explore ways to use Buddhist teachings of mindfulness, compassion, and nonviolence to promote peace in ourselves and positive change in the world. Enjoy good food and company with the extended Buddhist peace fellowship community.
Details and flyer: pdf file


Anti-Torture Vigil
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 5:00 - 6:30 PM
The Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship is a member of the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture (WRRCAT).

WRRCAT Statement:
What's important now is that the Administration will make a big push over the next month or so -- as long as Congress is in session -- to rollback the U.S. commitment to the Geneva Conventions -- in particular Article III which requires human treatment of prisoners and detainees. Working with the various human rights groups, we want to make as strong a statement as possible to Congress, the Administration, and the public that the U.S. must abide by the Geneva Conventions.

One of the things we will be doing is holding a vigil at the Vice President's house -- 34th and Mass. Ave., N.W. -- each Tuesday in September starting with the 12th from 5-6:30 P.M. Please join us on September 12, 19, and 26 and get as many people as you can --including your congregations -- to join us as well. We will display signs and banners supporting the Geneva Convention and > against torture Please bring your own signs, or, if you can't make them, we will have signs and banners for you to hold. A flyer for the vigil is attached. Please copy it and circulate it in your congregation. Information is also on the WRRCAT website -- wrrcat.org.
Anti-Torture Vigil Flyer (MS Word file)


Third Annual Change Your Mind Day DC
Saturday, June 17, 2006 1:00 - 6:00 pm
Program from 1:00 - 4:30; food, music and social time from 4:30 - 6:00)
St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church
1525 Newton Street (corner of 16th and Newton Streets, NW)
Washington, DC

Awakening Our Hearts and Minds Flyer (pdf file)
CYMD DC will be an afternoon dedicated to promoting peace in our hearts and minds, and peace in the world. It will include spiritual teachings and meditation instruction from different Buddhist traditions, Yoga, Xigong, music, and an opportunity to network with many spiritual and peace groups from the area. Open this link for information on the presenters:
Awakening Our Hearts and Minds Presenters (Word file)
CYMD DC is being organized by the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship. We welcome participation from all interested spiritual and peace groups in the area. We hope that this event will provide a valuable opportunity for deep reflection on the importance of generating peace, mindfulness, and loving kindness, especially as we continue to be confronted with so many messages of fear, intolerance and war.

Admission is free. We would, however, very much appreciate any contribution that you may be able to make as a volunteer or to help defray event costs and allow us to offer a small thank you (dana) to the presenters. Also, we will have a limited number of resource tables available at the event.

Contributions and resource table requests can be sent to:
Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship
P.O. Box 281
Garrett Park, MD 20896-0281
cymd@wbpf.org

Please join us! And please share this information about CYMD with your friends, contact lists and anyone else who you think would be interested.


Peace in Ourselves, Peace in the World:
Wholehearted Practice in Difficult Times
June 22-25, 2006
Buddhist Peace Fellowship's 2006 Membership Gathering
Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY

Special guest via live teleconference connection: Robert Aitken Roshi
The intention of this gathering is to bring together BPF members from around the world, as well as those who are interested in socially engaged Buddhism, to share dharma practice and strategies for social change, and to cultivate our sense of community with each other.
Registration for this gathering is now open to the general public, in addition to BPF members. See bpf.org for more information and to register.
Please register for this gathering NO LATER than June 15.
2006 Membership Gathering Flyer (pdf)

Evening of Dialogue - Building peace in our society: How can we make a difference?
April 28, 2006  7:30 - 9:00


Evening of Dialogue
February 24, 2006  7:30 - 9:00American University, Mary Graydon Center

American University, Mary Graydon Center, Room 245, which is located on the American University Campus (diagonal to the Bender Library). Convenient free parking is located across the street in the Nebraska Avenue Parking Lot (the lot entrance is on New Mexico Ave on the south side of Nebraska), or a short walk from the Tenleytown-AU metro (walk down Nebraska to Ward Circle and the campus and Mary Graydon Center are on the right.)

Many of us feel overwhelmed at times by the intense consumerism that permeates our society and are concerned about the impact of our own patterns of consumption. The Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship is sponsoring an evening of dialogue to explore the ways that we can engage in more mindful consumption and how Buddhist teachings can offer guidance in this aspect of our lives.

Come relax, enjoy refreshments and share ideas with like-minded friends about engaging in social change from the perspective of peace in our hearts and compassion for all beings.

Visit www.american.edu/maps/campus.htm for a map.





November 8-10, 2005
November Visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Mind and Life Conference
http://www.mindandlife.org/





Meditate DC


November 7-13, 2005

www.meditateDC.org [site expired]



Engaged Buddhism Evening ~ An Evening of Dialoge
Friday October 21st, 2005  7:30 pm
Arlington Unitarian Church
4444 Arlington Blvd
Arlington VA, 22204
War and injustice seem to be rampant in today’s world. How can we work for change with peace rather than anger or despair in our hearts? Is that possible? What does that kind of social action look like? Can it work? Come relax, share refreshments, share ideas, and connect with like-minded friends about these and similar questions relevant to engaging in social change from the perspective of peace in our hearts and compassion for all beings. We hope to see you there.
For directions, please visit www.uucava.org/location.htm.
In October, the Venerable Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, from the Amdo region of Tibet where the Dalai Lama was born, will profoundly aid efforts to promote both inner peace and world peace by offering teachings on Foundations of Buddhist Path (October 7, 8, 9), and the Kalachakra empowerment (October 14,15,16), an ancient ritual promoting enlightened societies, world peace and harmony. The Kalachakra is known to confer an extraordinary blessing not only on the participants, but on the entire surrounding environment and its inhabitants. These teachings will take place at Washington Seminar Center, a center near Capital Hill founded to promote social justice, peacemaking, and interfaith dialogue.



March, Rally and Peace Fair, Washington, DC
Saturday, September 23-26, 2005
Flyer on March, Rally and Peace Fair
Flyer on September 23rd Peace Vigil



Embassy Row Unity Walk
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Washington, DC

Details and flyer
Join the 1000 participants walking for peace and unity . In this time of disunity, let's send a message to the world that Washington is for peace!



The Second Annual Change Your Mind Day
Saturday, June 4, 2005
1:00 - 5:00 pm
St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church
16th and Newton Streets NW
Washington DC was again one of over 50 cities around the country to celebrate CYMD events on that day. CYMD DC offered dharma talks from various Buddhist traditions, meditation instruction, yoga and other contemplative arts, as well as music and time for fellowship.
This year's presenters included:

Tara Brach
Insight Meditation, author of "Radical Acceptance"

Sudhir Jonathan Foust
Kripalu Yoga, speaking on "Embodied Awareness"

Lorne Ladner
Tibetan Buddhist, speaking on "The Lost Art of Compassion"

Noah Levine
Director and Co-founder, Mind Body Awareness Project

Karl Straub
Yoga Studies Institute, speaking on Tibetan Heart Yoga

Ken Yamaguchi-Clark
All Souls Dancer-in-Residence

Rhythm Workers' Union
Musical ensemble



A daylong workshop with Diana Lion, Director of Buddhist Peace Fellowship Prison Project and certified trainer in Nonviolent CommunicationSaturday, January 29th, 2005
Postponed Until the Fall
Details: This event was postponed due to the instructor's illness. Those who were registered will be notified of the new date. If you would like to receive updates about upcoming Nonviolent Communication (NVC) events, please e-mail dcnvc@hotmail.com and request to be added to the list.



Claude Anshin Thomas - At Hell's Gate: A Soldiers Journey From War to Peace
Monday, October 25, 2004
Location: All Souls Unitarian Church
1500 Harvard St., NW
Details: This event will mark the end of Claude's peace pilgrimage from Concord Massachusetts, where the first shot of the American Revolution was fired, to the site of the World Trade Center in New York City, to the Vietnam War Memorial in DC. This event will follow his simple meditation and ceremony earlier in the day at the Memorial. All are invited to attend this ceremony as well. Claude's just-released book, At Hell's Gate will be for sale and he will be signing.




Peace Parade
September 20, 2004
Location: Mass. Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Details: Join thousands of people in Washington DC for a peaceful parade down Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. from in front of the Washington Islamic Center, through Embassy Row, to the Gandhi Memorial. Our WBPF community will be walking together and we will meet up at 11 a.m. at 2600 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. directly across the street from the Washington Islamic Center. Please take time from your lunch hour and come join us! We will then gather to celebrate with music, internationally acclaimed speakers, and much more! For more information, visit www.peaceparade.net [site expired]




12th Annual Prayer Vigil for the Earth
September 17-19, 2004
Location: West Potomac Park, Washington, DC
Details: Experience the ebb and flow of the Vigil in spirited expressions of prayer, gospel singing, Taiko drumming and dancing the hora. Chant with Buddhists monks, help create a sacred Yantra, walk around the Stupa, and hear the magical sounds of a shofar. Experience periods of silence, Jyorei and sacred movement. Experience the spiritual energy generated and held through the many prayers and ceremonies. For more information, visit http://www.oneprayer.org/




Peace Party for the Nationwide Dept. of Peace Day
September 12, 2004
4209 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20815
Details: In honor of the anniversary of Sept. 11th 2001, we are holding a nationwide Department of Peace Day on the weekend of the 11th. One of the greatest challenges we face on Earth is to become as sophisticated in the ways we wage peace as we are sophisticated in the ways we wage war. From international conflicts to domestic issues such as gang, school and domestic violence, the Department of Peace would systematically root out the underlying causes of violence and cultivate positive alternatives.

Please join us on September 12th as citizens from around the United States come together in their communities in support of the Department of Peace. The event will feature a live webcast with Marianne Williamson from New York City. For more information, visit www.dopcampaign.org/events/Sept12.htm [link broken, see www.thepeacealliance.org ].
We need your help to support the Department of Peace legislation (H.R. 1673) currently in the House of Representatives. If you want this legislation to become a reality, it is critical to our grassroots campaign that we have your support. There are countless ways you can lend your support to this vital cause. We work hard, make new friends and have fun in the process.



Events

Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship Events Calendar COMING EVENTS  By WBPF and other organizations 
(EVENTS ARCHIVE)

Sat Nov 19 2-3 pm WBPF/BPF/Sit4Change Meditation at Occupy DC Freedom Plaza (2011)
Sat Nov 12 WBPF Joins Sit4Change at Occupy DC at Freedom Plaza (2011)


Sun Oct 16 "Being Present" Meditation at Occupy Wall Street DC or At Home (2011)

Sun Sep 11 WBPF Meet Up at 2011 9/11 Unity Walk

Sep 12 WBPF Meet Up at 6th Annual 911 Unity Wall 2010

Mindful Action at Clean Energy Now Rally July 20
Jun 17-20 BuddhaFest 2010 DC at American University

May 2 - 24th Annual International Vesak Celebration

Meetings

WBPF meetings are announced here and via our Email list.

Canceled -- WBPF Meeting Mar 27, 2010 10 am
This meeting for all WBPF friends will discuss and organize around "Opportunities for Mindful Action for Social Justice", including but not limited to forming a WBPF Engaged Practice Group on Climate Change. Please join us down stairs near the Koi pond.
At Teaism 400 8th St. NW, DC at ArchivesNavy Memorial Metro (map)



WBPF Engaged Practice Group Jan 23, 2010 10 am
Forming An Engaged Practice Group on Climate Change
At Teaism 400 8th St. NW, DC at Archives Metro

WBPF Meeting December 5, 2009 10 am
Topic: Personal Mindfulness Practice & Climate Change
At Teaism 400 8th St. NW, DC at Archives Metro


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About the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship

The Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship is a coalition of Buddhists and like-minded individuals dedicated to serving as a proactive force for peace, social and economic justice, and a sustainable environment.

Founded in February 2003, WBPF is an independently operated Washington, D.C. area chapter of the national Buddhist Peace Fellowship, which formed in 1978. We are inspired and guided by the wisdom and compassion of the buddhadharma as well as contemporary nonviolent, progressive movements for social transformation. As the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh explains, "Peace is not simply the absence of violence; it is the cultivation of understanding, insight and compassion, combined with action." *

WBPF holds public meetings and sponsors a wide variety of talks, workshops, retreats and other programs with spiritual leaders, peace facilitators and experts in conflict resolution to help develop skills for the effective promotion of peaceful change. In addition, we work closely with other peace organizations to optimize mutual understanding and cooperative efforts. The WBPF website hosts a discussion forum and provides news, information and resources such as links to local dharma centers, notices of upcoming Buddhist teachings, peace events and links to other groups.

As an organization, we recognize the importance of individual contemplative practice and mindfulness as the foundation for inner peace to maintain a strong community of mutual support and fellowship for members. Further, we seek to encourage and nurture awareness among U.S. and world leaders as well as the public at large of dharma principles that show the way of peace, namely that all sentient beings are interconnected and interdependent. From such understanding, compassion for all beings naturally emerges along with the possibility of breaking the hold of a seemingly endless cycle of aggression, retribution and needless suffering.

Cofounders of WBPF:
Tara Brach, Ph.D. is the founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and author of Radical Acceptance -- Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha (Bantam, 2003). tarabrach.com

Hugh Byrne, Ph.D. is a Buddhist contributing minister at Georgetown University and teaches courses on Buddhism and meditation at the Smithsonian Institutionhugh-byrne.com

*
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen master, scholar and peace activist whose concept of Engaged Buddhism [mindfulness plus social action] emerged from his experience during the Vietnam War, when he realized that "it is truly possible to live happily and free from hatred, even among people who hate us." plumvillage.org

Resources

Introduction to Mindfulness:
Engaged Buddhism:
Mindfulness and the Occupy (99%) Movement
Mindfulness & Environmentalism, Climate Change, Social Justice, Science & Advocacy
Secular Environmentalism, Climate Change, Social Justice, Science & Advocacy  

Engaged Buddhism & Climate Change

The Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship is mindful of and has compassion for the suffering of all people and all other beings world-wide.

Local and global harm and social injustice are caused by and exacerbated by Global Climate Change, which is caused by inexorable Global Warming, which is driven by ever increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

The WBPF is developing information resources, trainings, activities and public actions to facilitate each of us making our own choices for personal and community engagement to reduce Global Warming and Climate Change, as a way to reduce local and global harm and social injustice.

One focus is Mindful Consumption and Mindful Eating.

Please also see these Resources.

Our Current Focus of Mindful Engagement

Mindful Consumption

Local and global harm and social injustice are caused by and exacerbated by Global Climate Change, which is caused by inexorable Global Warming, which is driven by ever increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Mindful consumption can directly reduce environmental damage, such as the release of greenhouse gases leading to Global Warming. By reducing Global Warming, Mindful Consumption indirectly, but effectively, reduces local and global harm and social injustice due to Climate Change.

Please watch our Events page and Events Calendar for coming activities related to Mindful Consumption and Mindful Eating.

For related information resources please see the Resources page and also Mindful Consumption in this Engaged Buddhism & Climate Change Bibliography.